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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Blasket Islands Dún Chaoin Ferry Co. Ltd. is no longer running a ferry service from Dún Chaoin to Great Blasket Island for the 2017 season. Please visit our sister site www.marinetours.ie for details of our boat trips from Ventry Harbour (Ceann Trá) around the Blasket Islands. We land passengers on the Great Blasket Island as part of our all-day combination Eco Marine Tour. Ventry Harbour (Ceann Trá) is 4 miles west of Dingle town (6 mins. by car), on the Slea Head drive, road R559. We may resume sailing from Dún Chaoin for 2018 Season.

Web: www.marinetours.ie Email: info@marinetours.ie

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 » Culture/Heritage

           A world renowned body of literature from a tiny isolated community

Because of its unique culture and heritage, The Great Blasket Island is to apply for World Heritage Site status.

The islanders' unique way of life and their preservation of the purest form of Irish is recorded in a large colection of books written by islanders and visitors to the island.

For such a small isolated community, no such comparative body of literature exists anywhere else in the world.

Among the more well-known are:

“The Islandman” – Tomás Ó Criothain

“Twenty Years A Growing” – Maurice O Sullivan

“Peig, My Own Story” – Peig Sayers

“The Western Isle” – Robin Flower

"The Blaskets, Next Parish America" - Joan and Ray Stagles

“The Blaskets, A Kerry Island Library" – Muiris Mac Conghail

Etc. etc.

An excellent documentary of island life by Muiris Mac Conghal is presented on the mainland by an audio and visual show in the Blasket Island Heritage Centre. This is an excellent place to visit after a trip to the island, for those who want to learn more about the Blasket Islands and their unique part in Irelands cultural heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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